A review by laceyslibrarybooksta
A Love Hate Thing, by Whitney D. Grandison

3.0

I received this book as a part of the Winter 2020 Harlequin Trade Publishing Blog Tour for Inkyard Press! Thank you to Kelly deVos, Harlequin Books, Inkyard Press & NetGalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

There was a lot about [b:A Love Hate Thing|43513793|A Love Hate Thing|Whitney D. Grandison|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1560794275l/43513793._SX50_.jpg|67675592] that I enjoyed and a lot that I was just so/so about.

To start, Trice was a character that I was very much able to feel emotions for. His story was extreme and tough to hear, and I'm glad that I was able to see his development throughout the story. On the so/so side, I could not get into Nandy's character at all. Her development wasn't enough for me and even by  the end of the book, I still could not see her as a character I would like to know. By the time we started to see any type of interest between Nandy and Trice, I was over her and her attitude, so I couldn't get into that aspect in the slightest.

I think that the story was definitely believable and could've been authentic. The differences between Nandy's world in Pacific Hills and Trice's world in Lindenwood were shown perfectly and I really could understand where they came from in both zip codes. I think Whitney Grandison did a fantastic job blending the people and both cities to show what was good and bad about both. 

Lastly, I think that the writing could've been a little better. I understand that this is a debut novel, and I'm not knocking it for that. I'm just saying that in this book, there should've been a little bit more of an editing process or something like that. There was a point where it skipped a month I believe and I feel like there was this big chunk of storyline that I missed because of that. 

Overall, I think that there were things that [b:A Love Hate Thing|43513793|A Love Hate Thing|Whitney D. Grandison|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1560794275l/43513793._SX50_.jpg|67675592] that were good, but things that could've been a lot better. I think that this was a good debut novel to start with and it'll only get better from here!